• Friday, 22 September 2017 - 9:50am

    The Supermarine Walrus would be highly unlikely to win a best looking or most elegant aircraft contest but for downed airmen and survivors of a sinking ship, it was a thing of true beauty. 

    This aircraft meant the chance to get home rather than a stay in a prisoner-of-war camp or a watery grave.  Many airmen and sailors were eternally grateful to see the solid little Walrus lumbering over the horizon to rescue them....

  • Friday, 15 September 2017 - 1:45pm

    The 30th anniversary of Victorian battleship HMS Warrior 1860’s return to Portsmouth was the focus for a visit, today, 14 September, by royal patron HRH Princess Alexandra to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
    After being updated on progress on the restoration project she formally launched two years ago, Her Royal Highness met with staff, volunteers and trustees and marked the 30th anniversary with tea and cake.
    She last visited in 2015 to formally launch a Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project to conserve and repair the bulwarks and water bar on the deck. The 18-month, £2.6 million...

  • Friday, 15 September 2017 - 12:48pm

    I am a little bit obsessed with gender history, especially men and women in the past who crossed gender expectations and boundaries to do things that would shock their contemporaries. One of my favourite objects is Rear-Admiral Edward Ellicott’s biography. Even though it is written as though Ellicott is telling the stories, it was actually penned by his daughter after his death. I was reading through his tales of fascinating 43-year long career (1781-1846) as a Captain, and came across several stories of women on board ships: including manning the pump and loading the guns, giving birth on...

  • Monday, 11 September 2017 - 12:47pm

    It’s a proud day for the Royal Navy as HMS Queen Elizabeth will be commissioned in her home port of Portsmouth this week. Join in the celebration by visiting Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of The National Museum of the Royal Navy for FREE on Thursday 7 December 2017.

    As Lady Sponsor, Her Majesty the Queen will formally commission her namesake aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, into the Royal Navy fleet. This will be the first time the Queen has visited the UK’s newest aircraft carrier since she formally named her in Rosyth in Scotland, July 2014....

  • Tuesday, 5 September 2017 - 5:09pm

    Willy Wong, Student Intern from the University of Leicester returns with another article on a new display for an exhibition he’s recently completed. He is a part of a heritage internship programme at the National Museum of the Royal Navy. His work involves working across the National Museum, including the new exhibition, the Making of a Royal Marines Commando which has recently opened in Action Stations at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

    Before the exhibition launched, Willy took an active role in dressing several mannequins, transforming them into Royal Marines Commandos. Each...

  • Monday, 21 August 2017 - 11:51am

    An 18-month programme to re-support the world’s most famous warship HMS Victory sagging under her own weight is now underway.

    HMS Victory has been sitting in a dry dock in Portsmouth since 1922 supported by 22 steel cradles positioned six metres apart.  It has been well documented that the 252-year-old ship is creeping under her own weight and following a detailed laser scan of 89.25 billion measurements and computer modelling, a new support system has been designed to mimic how the ship would sit in water.


HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands